Manchester United's Anthony Martial, centre, makes a shot on goal, during their English Premier League match against Everton, at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England, Sunday April 3, 2016. Martin Rickett/PA
Manchester United's Anthony Martial, centre, makes a shot on goal, during their English Premier League match against Everton, at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England, Sunday April 3, 2016. Martin RickShow more

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United were ‘lucky’ as Anthony Martial winner sinks Everton

Louis van Gaal conceded a "lucky" Manchester United stole victory against Everton but claimed it keeps them in the hunt for a top-three finish.

Anthony Martial scored the only goal as United moved into the top five to keep their hopes of Uefa Champions League qualification alive.

But Van Gaal said: “It was more or less a stolen victory. We were today the lucky team. We didn’t play so well, it looked like we were not fresh. We have only created two chances.”

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United made it back-to-back wins following a derby triumph against Manchester City two weeks earlier and continue their pursuit of their neighbours.

Van Gaal added: “It was very important to win today otherwise the victory against City was worthless. We keep in touch with City, one point behind. We keep in touch with Arsenal, five points behind. We have to play Tottenham [next Sunday].

“It is not easy but normally we are playing very well against the top teams. If we continue like that I am very happy.”

Van Gaal praised the summer signing Martial, 20, for his performance and goal, saying: “It is fantastic what he is doing.”

The United manager dedicated the win to director Sir Bobby Charlton after Old Trafford’s South Stand was renamed in honour of the 78 year old.

“It was a privilege for a Dutchman to see how the English culture respect all the players,” he said.

“It is marvellous to see. You see a standing ovation for Sir Bobby there were some tears in my eyes. He was an idol of mine when I was youngster growing up in Holland.”

Defeat was Everton’s third in as many league games and leaves them 12th in the table and they were booed off by a section of their supporters.

Manager Roberto Martinez said the players share the fans’ disappointment, explaining: “You can hear our boos in the dressing room.”

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Diriyah project at a glance

- Diriyah’s 1.9km King Salman Boulevard, a Parisian Champs-Elysees-inspired avenue, is scheduled for completion in 2028
- The Royal Diriyah Opera House is expected to be completed in four years
- Diriyah’s first of 42 hotels, the Bab Samhan hotel, will open in the first quarter of 2024
- On completion in 2030, the Diriyah project is forecast to accommodate more than 100,000 people
- The $63.2 billion Diriyah project will contribute $7.2 billion to the kingdom’s GDP
- It will create more than 178,000 jobs and aims to attract more than 50 million visits a year
- About 2,000 people work for the Diriyah Company, with more than 86 per cent being Saudi citizens

Tips for job-seekers
  • Do not submit your application through the Easy Apply button on LinkedIn. Employers receive between 600 and 800 replies for each job advert on the platform. If you are the right fit for a job, connect to a relevant person in the company on LinkedIn and send them a direct message.
  • Make sure you are an exact fit for the job advertised. If you are an HR manager with five years’ experience in retail and the job requires a similar candidate with five years’ experience in consumer, you should apply. But if you have no experience in HR, do not apply for the job.

David Mackenzie, founder of recruitment agency Mackenzie Jones Middle East

What you as a drone operator need to know

A permit and licence is required to fly a drone legally in Dubai.

Sanad Academy is the United Arab Emirate’s first RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) training and certification specialists endorsed by the Dubai Civil Aviation authority.

It is responsible to train, test and certify drone operators and drones in UAE with DCAA Endorsement.

“We are teaching people how to fly in accordance with the laws of the UAE,” said Ahmad Al Hamadi, a trainer at Sanad.

“We can show how the aircraft work and how they are operated. They are relatively easy to use, but they need responsible pilots.

“Pilots have to be mature. They are given a map of where they can and can’t fly in the UAE and we make these points clear in the lectures we give.

“You cannot fly a drone without registration under any circumstances.”

Larger drones are harder to fly, and have a different response to location control. There are no brakes in the air, so the larger drones have more power.

The Sanad Academy has a designated area to fly off the Al Ain Road near Skydive Dubai to show pilots how to fly responsibly.

“As UAS technology becomes mainstream, it is important to build wider awareness on how to integrate it into commerce and our personal lives,” said Major General Abdulla Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief, Dubai Police.

“Operators must undergo proper training and certification to ensure safety and compliance.

“Dubai’s airspace will undoubtedly experience increased traffic as UAS innovations become commonplace, the Forum allows commercial users to learn of best practice applications to implement UAS safely and legally, while benefitting a whole range of industries.”

Getting there and where to stay

Etihad Airways operates seasonal flights from Abu Dhabi to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport. Services depart the UAE on Wednesdays and Sundays with outbound flights stopping briefly in Rome, return flights are non-stop. Fares start from Dh3,315, flights operate until September 18, 2022. 

The Radisson Blu Hotel Nice offers a western location right on Promenade des Anglais with rooms overlooking the Bay of Angels. Stays are priced from €101 ($114), including taxes.

Pad Man

Dir: R Balki

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte

Three-and-a-half stars





While you're here

UAE squad

Rohan Mustafa (captain), Ashfaq Ahmed, Ghulam Shabber, Rameez Shahzad, Mohammed Boota, Mohammed Usman, Adnan Mufti, Shaiman Anwar, Ahmed Raza, Imran Haider, Qadeer Ahmed, Mohammed Naveed, Amir Hayat, Zahoor Khan

Brief scores:

Toss: South Africa, chose to field

Pakistan: 177 & 294

South Africa: 431 & 43-1

Man of the Match: Faf du Plessis (South Africa)

Series: South Africa lead three-match series 2-0


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